The minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB split a DH.

Game 1: 4-1 loss. SWB made 5 errors, 2 by Rob Refsnyder (7 this year, a BIG problem. He is averaging an error every other game and it is affecting his hitting (under .200) ). 3 runs given up were unearned. SWB got just 3 hits. Poor Bryan Mitchell pitched well, 7 IP, 4 R, 1 ER, 3 hits, 1 walk and 6 K. But with D like that and no hitting support…

Game 2: SWB won 7-4 to go to 8-9 on the season.  Refsnyder did bounce back with 2 hits and 3 rbi in this one, but besides the 7 errors, is still at just .217 for the young season. DH Slade Heathcott (.323) 2 hits, 2 Rbi. CF Ben Gamel 3 for 3, 2 doubles, triple, .419. Diego Moreno 4 scoreless IP, 1 hit.

AA: Trenton lost 7-3. DH Aaron Judge 2 hits. 1B Dan Fiorito 3 for 3, 2 doubles and 2 RBI.

High A: 3 hits for 3B Miguel Andujar in Tampa’s 7-3 loss. Andrew Bailey, trying to make it back to the majors after shoulder surgery, 2 R, 1 ER in 2/3 IP. 5.40 ERA so far. It would be nice to get him back to his former All-Star level but it is looking like patience will be needed if he ever does get back to it.

A: 6-5 Charleston win. 3 Hits 3B Abital Avelino. RF Austin Aune 2 doubles, rbi. CF Dustin Fowler 2 hits, rbi.

Game 18. CC drops to 0-4 as Yanks lose 8-2.


I thought this a few weeks ago, and still think it. The biggest problems the Yankees will have this year are CC Sabathia and Carlos Beltran. If I am wrong, I invite both players to prove me wrong. I’ll be happy to be proven wrong, because I believe both players are done.

Beltran, 38, didn’t play today against the Mets, but early reports aren’t good on him. Scouts are not impressed, and the Yanks are on the hook for him not only this year but next year as well for about $15MM next season. As of now, Beltran is .173-0-7, OPS+ 49. He just turned 38 and in 123 games as a Yankee, last year and this year, has posted a line of .226-15-56, OPS+ 92.

CC dropped to 0-4, 5,96 with the loss today, that snapped a four-game Yankees’ winning streak. The Yanks are 10-8 on the season, 10-4 if you take away CC. He gave up 7 R in 5 IP, today, 9 hits, 0 walks, 2 K and 3 HR. One telling play was this: CC has always been a big guy. As a lefty, he falls off the mound toward first base, making covering first base when he needs to, a struggle. After last year’s knee surgery, it is more difficult, and just about impossible from what I have seen so far. If I were another team, I’d push bunts up the first base line on him.

Not only that, but CC’s last really strong performance was in winning Game 5 of the 2012 ALDS over Baltimore 3-1. He got blown out of ALCS Game 4 against Detroit (the Yanks’ last postseason game. They were swept, and in Game 1 of that series, Jeter broke his ankle. You can make the case that Jeter, and the Yankees, have never and were never the same since). Well, since that ALCS Game 4 that CC was blown out in, he is 17-21 with an ERA of 4.97. That isn’t a blip. That is a trend. That is an ERA+ about 80 or so. 20% below league average. He is getting $23MM this year, $25MM next year, and there is a vesting option for $25MM for 2017. This is a huge problem for the Yanks, because CC looks nothing like an ace right now. Personally, I think he looks more like a #5 pitcher looking to keep his job. I hope I am wrong, but results are results.

Esmiel Rogers 3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 3 K. 2.84.

Chris Martin 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.68.

Mark Teixeira got a HR in the game, (8, 371 of his career).

I hope I am wrong and that my eyes are deceiving me. But CC and Beltran look done. What the Yanks do about that, and their contracts, will be interesting.

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB lost 6-2, Kyle Davies giving up 6 R in 3 IP. Tyler Webb and Brandon Pinder combined for six scoreless innings of relief. CF Slade Heathcott 2 H, 2 RBI.

AA: Rough outing for Yanks’ top pitching prospect Luis Severino. He gave up 6 runs, 3 ER in 5 innings pitched in a 10-3 Trenton loss. Trenton was sloppy, committing five errors. Seven of the ten runs they gave up were unearned.

High A: Tampa won 12-7. LF Ericson Leonora 2 h, 3 rbi.

A: Charleston won 1-0 on a three-hitter. Starter Luis Cedeno five no-hit innings.

Game 17. Pineda, Teix stop Mets’ streak. Yanks win 6-1.


All things must pass, and the Yanks put an end to the Mets 11-game winning streak with a 6-1 win at the Stadium Friday night.

The win was the Yanks fourth in a row, and once again they got great pitching.

Michael Pineda (3-0, 3.86), 7 2/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 0 walks and 7 K.
Chasen Shreve 1 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and  1K.

Mark Teixeira hit a 2-run HR in the first, then added another 2-run HR (7) in the third, shortly after Jacoby Ellsbury hit his first HR of the year, a solo shot. Teix’s 2-HR give him 370 for his career, ironically tying former Met player and manager Gil Hodges on the all-time list.

The win puts the Yanks at 10-7 on the season and is their 7th in their last 8 games.

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB (7-7) PPD.

AA: Trenton (9-5) won 5-0. CF Jake Cave 3 h, rbi. RF Aaron Judge, 2 hits, double. 2 doubles, and an RBI for 1B Greg Bird. C Gary Sanchez 2 hits. Caleb Smith 5 scoreless IP with 5 K, Caleb Cotham 5 K in 2 scoreless innings of relief and Nick Goody 4 K in 2 scoreless innings of relief.

High A: Tampa (8-7) won 4-1. SS Tyler Wade 3 h, rbi. C Kyle Higashioka 2 h, 3 rbi. Eric Ruth 6 IP, 1 R, 3 H.

A: Charleston completed a game suspended earlier this week by winning 13-4. The team banged out 17 hits. RF Brandon Thomas a HR, 2 RBI.

In the regularly scheduled game, Charleston (10-5) won 4-2. 3B Abital Avelino and SS Jorge Mateo 2 hits each. 1B Connor Spencer 2 rbi.

Game 16. Yanks edge Tigers 2-1.


The Yanks edged the Tigers 2-1 on Thursday afternoon to go to 9-7 on the season after a 3-6 start. They come home to face the red-hot Mets this weekend. The Mets have won 11 in a row.

It’s early, of course, but the recent hot streak moved the Yanks into a 3-way tie for first in the A.L. East.

It was cold in Detroit for the game. The temperature at the start of the game was in the low 30s.

Masahiro Tanaka continued the Yanks’ recent string of good pitching, going 6 2/3, 1 R, 3 H, 2 walks and 6 K. 3.22.

Justin Wilson one batter. 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks 0 K, 5.06

Dellin Betances (W, 3-0, 0.00) 1 1/3  IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

Andrew Miller (S, 6) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 0.00.

Tanaka gave up a run in the first. The Yanks tied it in the sixth on a walk to Ellsbury, SB, groundout to move him up, and a balk.

In the eighth, Ellsbury doubled, Gardner bunted him over, and after a walk to Beltran to set up a DP, McCann got the run home with a groundout.


The minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB edged LV, 3-2.

Chase Whitley (2-0, 2.12) 6 IP. 1 R, 6 H, 0 walks and 2 K.
Danny Burawa 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.  0.93
Jacob Lindgren 2/3 IP, 1 R (UNEARNED), 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K.  2.25
Jose Ramirez (S) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 0.90.

CF Slade Heathcott 4 for 4, double, RBI.

AA: 2-1 win for Trenton. Taylor Garrison 1 R in 5 iP. Johnny Barbato 2 scoreless IP. The Yanks got Barbato in return for Shawn Kelley.

CF Mason Williams 2 h, rbi. C Francisco Arcia 2 for 2.  DH Eric Jagielo 2 hits.

A+: Tampa won 9-4. CF Mark Payton a HR away from the cycle. 2 RBI. SS Tyler Wade 2 hits, 2 Rbi. LF Ericson Leonora 3 h, rbi.

A: 5-2 loss for Charleston. SS Jorge Mateo 2 h, 2 rbi.